When there isn’t anything to hunt, my typical Saturday morning involves some gym time because as busy as I am these days, I don’t get all of my workouts in during the work week. It has become a necessity but isn’t a burden. I truly enjoy the folks in the gym and relish the social atmosphere. However, there are times when I am not on my “A” game. Today was one of those days when the energy and performance was non-existent. For many, this is a bummer but it shouldn’t be. In fact, it is something I want you to fully embrace because it will not only make you more Fit To Hunt, it will make you a more successful hunter.
Let me set the context with a few quotes:
“If I only worked out when I felt like it, I would never work out.”
“You can’t kill ‘em if you aren’t with ‘em!”
The great myth about fitness is that everyone who possesses a lean, toned and muscular body rolls out of bed and into the gym for high energy, rock star workouts on a daily basis. The truth is, if I can get 1-2 sessions like this a week I am ecstatic. In college almost every workout was high energy with the main differences being I only had to go to class 15 hours a week, took 2 hour naps every day and was 20 years younger. Today, I have work, family life, responsibilities and 20+ years under my belt. This means my
performance in the gym will vary from session to session.
Sometimes I plan to kick butt and take names and end up with a performance that would disappoint even Richard Simmons. Other times when I don’t feel like I have the juice to get through ten minutes, I end up performing quite well. That’s the nature of the human body.
It’s the “so so” workouts, either because of motivation or energy levels, that tend to get folks down because they still think that every session is supposed to produce workouts of legend. Let me ask you a question: Do you kill a monster deer or boss gobbler every time you hunt? Of course you don’t, but hopefully you understand your chances of harvesting either are slim to none with your backside fixed firmly to your couch. You have to be in the woods in order to give yourself the best chances of being successful. You also know there will be hunts where you have prepared and are 100% zoned in only to see a few squirrels and there are times where you have deer under your stand within five minutes of sitting down. The point is you have to show up on either account to be successful. The same goes for your workouts.
Does the frequency, intensity and duration of your workouts matter? Of course they do. You aren’t going to get in shape to go on a back country elk hunt by walking your poodle 30 minutes in the morning but 30 minutes of light to moderate activity is better than no minutes of exercise. Today, my workout was pretty lame. 30 minutes of moderate intensity cycling and some stretching but yesterday’s workout was a fast and ferocious full-body strength session that I am still feeling today. I knew when I woke up
this morning I was going to the gym and it was going to be a workout where I simply went through the motions. My goal was 5 workouts this week and that was #5. On Monday, I’ll have the energy (hopefully) to hit it hard again and maybe have that rock star experience of yesteryear.
Still not convinced? Do you remember when your teachers told you that if you just show up you’ll get a “C?” Well, if you can show up a few times each week and combine those workouts with a session or two that show off your “A” game skills, then that averages out to a B. That’s pretty solid and if you are consistent with this over time we promise you will get and stay Fit To Hunt!